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Decatur County, IN

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The level of education of our workforce is a critical factor for economic and community development. It often provides insight into the skill levels of a local area. The metrics provided here focus on the attainment of degrees and high school graduates' higher education intent. The type of work (occupations) residents perform can also assist in understanding skill levels.

Educational Attainment
 19701980199020002012
Total Population 25 and Older12,16813,41114,62515,94817,286
    Less than 9th Grade4,0422,8501,6601,038768
    9th to 12th, No Diploma2,2782,2982,3862,3011,668
    High School Graduate (incl. equiv.)4,3986,0936,9507,5738,141
    Some College, No Degree  1,5932,3903,152
    Associate Degree  6218171,189
    Bachelors Degree  7481,1191,470
    Graduate or Professional Degree*  667710898
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau & American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates
*2011 data includes Doctorate Degrees
High School Graduates Going on to Higher Education
 2005200620072008
Total Graduates252254278274
  Total to Higher Education193196227226
    Four-Year Institution145136148136
    Two-Year Institution26375959
    Vocational/Tech.22232031
  Military10289
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Source: Indiana Department of Education
Educational Attainment in 2000 and 2012
 2000Pct. of
Pop. 25+
2012Pct. of
Pop. 25+
Total Population 25+15,948100.0%17,286100.0%
  Less than 9th Grade1,0386.5%7684.4%
  9th to 12th Grade, No Diploma2,30114.4%1,6689.6%
  High School Graduate (incl. equivalency)7,57347.5%8,14147.1%
  Some College, No Degree2,39015.0%3,15218.2%
  Associate's Degree8175.1%1,1896.9%
  Bachelor's Degree1,1197.0%1,4708.5%
  Graduate or Professional Degree**7104.5%8985.2%
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau & American Community Survey 5 year estimates.
**2011 Graduate or Professional Degree data include Doctorate Degrees
High School Graduates Higher Education Intent
 2008 Pct. Dist.Indiana Pct. Dist.
Graduates100.0%100.0%
  Total Going on to Higher Education82.5%84.1%
    Four-Year Institution49.6%61.2%
    Two-Year Institution21.5%15.9%
    Vocational and Tech.11.3%7.0%
  Military3.3%2.6%
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Source: Indiana Department of Education